At Capel St Mary we want every child to be successful, fluent readers and writers by the end of Key Stage One and we believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read, write and spell.
Letter and Sounds
We follow the Letters and Sound programme where children progress through six phases, beginning with Phase one in nursery. By the end of the summer term, reception children will have been taught up to the end of Phase three. Our expectation at the end of year 1 is that children should have secure knowledge to Phase 5. This will prepare them for the Phonics Screening Check which takes place in the summer term. By the end of year 2, children should be proficient in their phonics knowledge and they will have completed all six phases of Letters and Sounds.
Phonic planning is based on the needs of the children and show clear differentiation. It is taught through discrete phonic sessions, regular reading and writing sessions and we embed their phonics knowledge by linking it with the other curriculum subjects whenever possible. Each Phonics lesson should include the following sections:
* Revise – Overlearn the previous graphemes and words
* Teach – Introduce a new grapheme / words
* Practise – Develop GPCs (grapheme phoneme correspondences) /read and spell new words
* Apply – Use the new graphemes / words in games and activities to secure knowledge
Across EYFS and Key Stage One classes, parents are encouraged to read daily with their child. Regular reading at home should enable the children to use segmenting and blending techniques learned in phonics sessions, helping children to consolidate the knowledge they’ve gained in class. For further details please see the Unit One page.